UPDATE: Some Victims Identified in 1 of 2 Midwet Plane Crashes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities have identified some of the seven people killed when two small planes crashed separately within hours of one another in western Wisconsin and southwestern Minnesota.
Sheriff's officials say two passengers killed when a fixed-wing plane crashed in southwestern Minnesota were teenagers from Mexico. The Pipestone County Sheriff's Department says the plane was piloted by 59-year-old Steven Christensen of rural Pipestone, who was also killed when the plane went down in a cornfield near his hometown about 8 p.m.
Eighteen-year-old Marcos Favela, of Torreon, Mexico, and a 13-year-old unidentified girl from Guadalajara, Mexico, were passengers who died in the crash.
In Wisconsin several hours earlier, four people died when a single-engine Beechcraft crashed and caught fire in a field in Polk County, about 50 miles northeast of Minneapolis.